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Work on Wailuku Civic Complex to begin in September

Surrounding road, infrastructure and parking work to begin

This rendering shows Wailuku Civic Center from Church Street. Work on the project is expected to begin next month, focusing on surrounding streets and infrastructure. FERRARO CHOI illustration

Phase 1A of the Wailuku Civic Complex project, which includes surrounding road and parking improvements, is set to begin next month while bids are being solicited for the centerpiece of the entire phase, a four-level parking structure, according to the county Department of Management.

The status of the embattled Phase 2 of the project — a three-story civic building and plaza — remains on pause.

The status of Phase 2 was on the agenda of a community meeting at Iao Theater, called Monday by the Management Department on the Wailuku Civic Complex project, which will be located on the Wailuku Municipal Parking Lot site.

“We don’t have any updates on Phase 2 right now,” said Erin Wade, county redevelopment program planner Tuesday. “We are just focusing on the two phases where construction is imminent and to make sure the community is prepared for construction and that we are able to mitigate those impacts properly before we refocus back to Phase 2.”

Phase 2 and its $40 million price tag have come under fire from opponents of the project. The County Council appropriated funds for the phase in December, but the project must return there for bond authorization.

Last spring, $44 million was approved by the council for the first phase of the project. Phase 1A includes road and infrastructure improvements along Church and Vineyard streets, with construction slated to begin in September, Wade said.

One-lane access will be open at all times during construction. Church Street will change from a one-way to a two-way street. A traffic signal will be added at the intersection of Main and Church streets.

Phase 1A also includes upgraded water and sewer lines, a new storm drainage system, additional sidewalks on both sides of Church and Vineyard streets and trees.

Phase 1B, which includes construction of the 428-stall parking garage and shared road behind Market Street properties, is planned to begin August 2020, she said.

Bidding for Phase 1B opened July 25 and will close Sept. 4, she said.

“(The meeting) was a lot of repeat of what we presented in June, but we did do a postcard mailer this time to over 4,600 properties in Wailuku to invite them,” she said.

The mailer also highlighted Maui County’s new website, WailukuLIVE.com, which will have updates for Wailuku town’s upcoming improvement projects, along with mitigation efforts that will be implemented during construction.

For example, there’s a timeline of the Municipal Parking Lot site; it currently shows that portions of the lot will be closed in the beginning of January. It will be completely closed starting in November.

The website provides information on temporary parking and commuter shuttle transportation, which will go into effect in early 2020.

There also will be a directory of Wailuku town with landmarks, arts programs, restaurants, shops and services. WailukuLIVE.com will have an events calendar with upcoming community meetings, Friday Town Parties, and art activities and events hosted by Wailuku Performing Arts Alliances and Iao Theater.

“We’re excited about the many things being planned for Wailuku town,” Managing Director Sandy Baz said in a news release. “There are road and infrastructure improvements that will commence shortly, plans for a new parking structure and efforts underway to realize a place where the community can gather.”

* Dakota Grossman can be reached at dgrossman@mauinews.com.